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Moths Podcast: Extras
For this podcast, host Ari Daniel Shapiro was helped by David Moskowitz,Liti Haramaty, Rose Eveleth, Erica Kramer, and Nikki Motson, who recorded the audio of the Moth Week events in New Jersey, Colorado, and Hawaii. You can see all of their images here.
You may think of moths as small, brown, and drab, pests that get into your cereal and chew holes in your sweaters. Think again! They’re amazingly diverse, from a moth that looks like a hummingbird, to the gigantic Atlas Moth, colored and patterned like an Oriental rug, to well-camouflaged dead-leaf mimics.
Many moths and butterflies use prominent eye-spots to startle would-be predators. Sometimes the spots are on the wings of the adults, but caterpillars can have eyespots, too. In the case of the moth Hemeroplanes, the caterpillar has become a convincing viper lookalike.
Moths are important pollinators of many plants, especially those that are fragrant and bloom at night. Watch an infrared video of the giant sphinx moth pollinating the ghost orchid in the swamps of Florida.
Citizen Science Connections
It’s not too early to begin planning and thinking for Moth Week 2013! The National Moth Week website is rich with resources for individuals young and old, as well as for groups. Learn about moths, mothing, and Moth Week. Learn how to sign up for an event in your area, organize an event of your own, and contribute data.
Warm up for Moth Week by learning to identify your region’s caterpillars when they emerge in the spring. This interactive key will make the job easier. You can upload your caterpillar finds to the EOL Flickr Group.